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Cheney Sees Arab Support for Stabilizing Iraq


U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says he has won support from moderate Arab states for U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq.

Cheney spoke Monday on his return trip to the United States after a Mideast tour that took him to Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

He said Arab support is not contingent on progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Earlier Monday, Cheney met with Jordan's King Abdullah at the king's vacation compound in the Jordanian town of Aqaba.

King Abdullah asked Cheney to help move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process out of its "stagnation." Their talks also focused on Iraq and Iran.

In addition to Iraq, Cheney's talks with regional leaders were aimed at countering what he calls Iran's move to dominate the region.

During his visit, the vice president pledged the United States and other nations will stand together to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and dominating the Middle East. Iran denies it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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